Essex Hockey Umpiring Assocation have awarded Dan Carter the Norman Kerridge award for most improved umpire. This follows from Ant Day receiving the same award for the previous season. Dan was of course also shortlisted for England Hockey's umpire of the season this year.
This is a great personal achievement for both Dan and Ant. We also believe it shows the effect of taking the umpiring programme (and associated coaching) as seriously as we do the playing. We revised our approach to umpire training in 2013/14, establishing a mentoring and coaching programme opened to any club termed "the East London Umpire Development Centre". This involves the club's senior umpires providing mentoring support for junior umpires development. We have also hosted a L1 umpire course in 2014/15 and also, for the first time in 2015/16 the club hosted an umpire coaching day at Lee Valley run by the Essex Hockey Umpire Association, with a significant number of umpires being added to or upgraded on the county panels (aka "pool umpiring") as a result. Participants in this programme receiving this award in 2014/15 and 2015/16 we think shows the benefit - and both Dan and Ant have of course been integral to this progress.
If you are interested in trying umpiring out, now is the perfect time. You can try your hand at a league fixture in the JLL CAWHL this summer, with support from more senior umpires. Or if a game feels too much, you are very welcome to umpire the 30 min game 8-8:30 at the end of our Thursday free Back To Hockey session at the John Orwell.
So why not give it a go! Importantly, this offer is not just open to Wapping members - we are very happy for any local umpires to benefit, irrespective of whether you are affiliated to another club.
Please email Dan at the JLL CAWHL to try out.
The Essex Hockey Umpiring Association issued the following statement, which says it better than we can:
"For the last two years, the most improved umpire in Essex award has gone to a Wapping umpire. For 2014-5 the award went to Ant Day and in 2015-6 the winner was Dan Carter.
Ant has built on his award and continued to progress so that he is now a candidate for the East (Level 2) and, at his age, has the time and potential to go further if he continues to improve.
Dan is a year behind Ant in development but also has the talent and opportunity to progress as far as his ambition takes him.
They are both a credit to their club in terms of commitment, ability and reliability. They have both shown flexibility in their availability and Essex is proud of the progress they have both made.
Wapping HC has made very good progress over the last few years in training and developing umpires. The EHUA believes that players who get an umpiring qualification are better placed to understand umpires when playing and are in a good place as their playing careers come to an end to remain in the game and contribute to their club and the game in general.
Essex is considered to be the leading county in England for umpire development and Wapping HC is making a major contribution to this position."
Congratulations Dan and Ant!
Updated 17:14 - 15 Sep 2016 by Stuart Burnside